Date
25 September 2017
The spectacle wil be about three hours and 30 minutes, with the total eclipse lasting about an hour. Photo: Xinhua
The spectacle wil be about three hours and 30 minutes, with the total eclipse lasting about an hour. Photo: Xinhua

Observatory: Total lunar eclipse in full glory on a clear night

Weather permitting, Hong Kong should experience the coming total lunar eclipse in full view.

There are no better vantage points than Shek O, High Island Reservoir East Dam or Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest peak.

Take it from Mok Hing-yim, a senior scientific officer of the Hong Kong Observatory, who is forecasting that the Oct. 8 event, when the moon is completely obscured by the sun, can be fully appreciated with the naked eye on a clear night.

That means no special equipment is necessary, Sky Post reported Thursday.

Mok said the best vantage point is one that gives an unobstructed view of the horizon in the east.

The spectacle will be about three hours and 30 minutes, with the total eclipse lasting about an hour from 6:25 p.m. to 7:25 p.m., according to the observatory.

Meanwhile, the Space Museum will organize a viewing event on the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui from 6:30 p.m. to 9:35 p.m.

The public will have the opportunity to observe the lunar eclipse using telescopes with the help Space Museum staff. The activity is free of charge and no registration is required.

The next total lunar eclipse will take place on April 4 next year. There will be another on Sept. 28

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TL/AC/RA

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